For Immediate Release: Oct. 30, 2019
Dallas ISD fourth-graders remain steady in national assessment of student progress
DALLAS — Performance in math and reading by fourth-graders in the Dallas Independent School District remained steady in the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as The Nation’s Report Card.
Results for fourth-grade math showed that Dallas ISD students are at pace compared to other large city public schools included in the assessment and moved closer to students in large cities in reading. While Dallas ISD fourth-graders remained steady in the NAEP results, they have been trending higher on STAAR results.
Performance among Hispanic, African-American and English-language learners in fourth-grade remained steady in both reading and math. Students who qualify for free and reduced lunch in fourth grade also saw steady results. Dallas ISD is one of the Trial Urban District Assessment cities that participate in the NAEP every two years.
Another highlight of the 2019 NAEP for Dallas is the performance of English-Language learners, who did better than the average of English-language learners in large cities and national public schools in all grades and subjects.
“The results in fourth grade and the upward trend in STAAR results in both math and reading are encouraging,” said Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa. “The NAEP results provide a deeper look at areas for improvement.”
STAAR results for eighth-grade reading and math have also trended upward; however, NAEP results for the eighth grade declined in both areas. Large cities included in the assessment also saw a decline in reading, a trend that was highlighted in the NAEP release. In math, Dallas eighth-graders saw a four-point decline compared to the 2017 assessment and increased the gap with large cities.
NAEP results have led the National Center of Educational Statistics to identify a possible misalignment in the assessment compared to state standards and will issue adjusted scores for TUDAs in the states examined after the initial assessment reports were released. Texas was not included among the states analyzed in the study. The adjustments add up to five points to the results of districts included in the study. Similar upward adjustments are anticipated for Dallas ISD fourth- and eighth-grade math and reading results when the alignment between NAEP frameworks and Texas standards is analyzed.
“In the latest round of National Assessments of Educational Progress, Dallas showed continued improvement in fourth-grade reading and mathematics,” said Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools, based in Washington, D.C. “Like the rest of the nation, Dallas struggled or showed slippage in reading performance at the eighth grade, but there is also every reason to think that the national assessment is testing skills that are different from the Texas state test.”
“Dallas continues to be one of the shining stars across the country in terms of overall academic improvement and a district that other big cities look to for lessons,” Casserly added.